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F1 DRIVERS THREATEN TO STRIKE.

Byline: BYRON YOUNG

FORMULA ONE stars have threatened to go on strike at Sunday's German Grand Prix if there is another tyre blow-out.

Worried drivers including Jenson Button issued the bombshell warning after an emergency meeting of the entire grid in Nurburg late last night.

The stand follows five dramatic blow-outs during the British Grand Prix and shredded tyres on other cars.

Under-fire Pirelli have since made changes to their tyres, however the F1 aces said: "The drivers wish to express their deepest concerns about the events at Silverstone.

"We trust that the changes made to the tyres will have the desired results and similar problems will not occur during the German GP weekend.

"However, the drivers have decided that, if similar problems should manifest themselves during the German GP, we shall immediately withdraw from the event, as this avoidable problem with the tyres endangers again the lives of drivers, marshals and fans."

The statement came after drivers met with Pirelli racing boss Mario Isola and FIA race director Charlie Whiting.

Last night, Button led their concerns as he blasted Pirelli's claims the teams are at fault for the exploding tyres.

Button, who is a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, said: "McLaren stuck within the correct boundaries of what Pirelli told us to do and we had two failures on our car.

"But it is great Pirelli have been able to turn it around in the last three days."

The Italian tyre giant is to bring back reinforced kevlar-belted rubber from today's first practice.

After investigating the failures at Silverstone, Pirelli claimed teams had put tyres on the wrong way round or used low pressures.

Lewis Hamilton, who saw his chance of victory at Silverstone go up in smoke with a blown rear tyre on lap eight while leading, arrived in Germany admitting they were still a concern.

And Sebastian Vettel, 26 on Wednesday and still looking for his first home win, joined the drivers' insistence that the jury was still out on the new tyres until they had been tested here.

The German said: "The last race was not what we want, so it's good we have a new tyre here. How different it will be is difficult to judge at this stage."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 5, 2013
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